Monday, January 30, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
It seems inconceivable to me, a mama who has lived with a camera in her hands for the last 18 days, to not have 1 decent picture to share with you all of our new family!!!
of course, the sleep deprivation, the travel chaos, the unpacking clutter, the laundry piles, the little boys who now have a mommy in the house again-gee, where DOES my time go???
Not to mention 3 girls adjusting to Wisconsin time, Wis. weather (love the snow) and adjusting to way less computer/ipad time-and SHARING!!!!
Life is good, God is good, and we are all doing amazingly well.
I hope to get some real pics of all of us in the next few days.
2 homeschool field trips and 1 science co-op thrown in for good measure this week, and maybe I can really claim insanity?????
Also need to make a Dr's appt for Lili yet-have been dragging my feet, but her nose is filling up again, 3-4 days of antibiotics was not enough to end this battle, so we will try fitting that in tomorrow!!!
Love to you all-and hang in there, I promise pics in the next couple days-
YAYYY for everyone sleeping thru the night-I think daytime travel has made a difference in the jetlag horrors we have had in the past!!!
Chris and ALL
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Just a heartfelt thanks that we are headed home, that all is well, that Lili is doing well, that Rose seems very happy to be flying home Sunday!!!
Much to be grateful for!
One more good meal with the Moores, a tiny bit more packing and at 5am Sunday morning, we pile into a van headed to Hong Kong.
At 11am we file into a plane headed for Chicago.
At 11:16 midwest time, we pile out of the plane in Chicago, swarm thru immigration, fly to Madison, and FLY into our family's arms-yes, they will be waiting for us!!!
I am so blessed, so humbled by His goodness to us throughout this entire trip, so THRILLED that we have 2 new daughters, and our family of 9 will be together soon.
I am also slightly looking forward to that good ole American cheeseburger tomorrow night at Culvers on our way home!!! I think food prices will floor me in America again, it has been soooo very reasonable to eat here, but I am so ready to navigate around my own kitchen again, hug my boys instead of waving at them on Skype, to do my own blog posts, and fight with my own computer issues, instead of the hotel's!!!
All said, God is GOOD, ALL THE TIME-He put a song of praise in this heart of mine!!!
God is good, HE's so good, all the time!!!
Lots of love,
Chris and the girls!!!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
to dear friends.
Today is Thursday night!
I am starting to have trouble remembering the time difference-FOR SOME REASON!!!
Our night, your morning of the same day, not that hard, but after 15 days, it's all jumbling together!!!
Prayer has gotten me thru much the past 2 weeks and I am so thankful for how Faithful Father is to answer our smallest needs:)
Today, we said goodbye to little Elliott and his mama and Dada!!
I am sooooo happy that they got to leave GZ today-and at 8 Friday morning, they start their flight back to Charlotte, NC.
They are so special to all of us. We really do need to plan a trip south, and yes, we will be stopping by to see ya all!!!!
Such wonderful parents-and first timers too-loved watching their son come out of his shell and he just exudes joy and delight with everything going on around him-truly a miracle!!!!
Happy trails to you all-and may He hold you in the palm of His hand, and return you safely to your haven in NC!!!
Until we meet again
Chris and the girls
Kendell feeding Elliott his first taste of ice cream-and he loved it!!!
Mama and Daddy having a quick bite to eat before the 3 hour van drive to Hong Kong
Mama getting her final paperwork-the long-awaited VISA!!!!!!
The gang's all here-for a loving good bye!!!
The children all say goodbye to Elliott
This is 1 happy mama!!!
Until we meet again!!! Safe travels dear friends-we love you
and yes, I was crying-happy, rejoicing tears for meeting such
wonderful people on this path He has put us on!!!
Preview of our day at the Safari Park
This is only a short preview of the extraordinary day we had Tuesday at the Safari Park.
I took over 250 pictures, so I am only picking a couple to try to show you the extent of the beauty and "real-ness" of the place.
Riding the train thru the "drive thru" range
Elephants in their natural habitat-one of our biggest thrills was seeing animals actually moving around
and doing life much like they would in the wild-something very different from the many zoos I have seen in the states.
White tigers-a real thrill for all of us…the African range, complete with lots of giraffes!
I will wait to post more pics when I get home and can do it myself-this is a job for super-editor, and I am not up to the task tonight!
We interrupt this trip to bring you news from the Guangzhou Respiratory Hospital:
Yes, it's true, we actually made a trip to a hospital while here in Guangzhou.
It was a very nice facility, and I was glad we went, but I wish we hadn’t have HAD to go.
Our little Lili had a horrible night breathing and sleeping on Tuesday night, and I told Richard, "I think we need to see a Dr."
It was a beautiful, 70 degree day, and we spent the entire afternoon inside the hospital waiting to be seen.
We first waited over 70 minutes to see a Pediatrician.
She was appalled by the condition of her little nose-so raw inside, it looks like hamburger-and I'm not exaggerating!!!
She has the worst green stuff coming out of her all hours of the day and night, and at night, it mixes with blood.
The Dr said her lungs are clear, so no bronchitis-but put her on 4 different meds for a severe sinus infection-yes, I called that from day 1, I have seen enough of this stuff at home to know what it looks like!
She also really wanted us to see another Dr-and ENT!!!
After we just waited 70 minutes to see her? Was she kidding?
BUT, we decided to see how long it would be-guess what? NO WAIT!!!
We got right in, and for a total of about $50, we found out her condition has been going on for SOME TIME-probably several months.
Makes me want to cry.
So now she has 4 meds to swallow, and 2 for her nose to help it heal she is a real trooper, and takes the pills without any problems, even chewing stuff probably not meant to be chewed, but at least she is getting them.
The only side effect is from the Amoxicillin-YES< Diarrhea. Ought to be interesting on the flight on Sunday, but she is really feeling better already.
Richard said he can already understand her speech better, so maybe there isn't a speech issue as bad as we thought from the beginning?
WOW, wouldn't that be amazing!!!
Keep her in prayer, as the better she feels, the more of a squirrel she will become, but we are SUPER glad of that!!!
My Lili, waiting patiently for her call to see the Dr-and the first thing the Doc said, "put more clothes on her"
Talk about chaos-and I wouldn't go so far as to say it's organized chaos either just simply chaos.
I came away with a completely new appreciation for the health care we have in the US
Lines everywhere-even to pay the bills-LINES!!! pick up drugs---LINES!!!!
So glad we are done with this!!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Please pray for Rose-she had a pretty negative day cranky, irritable, wanted to cry over having pizza for supper, and she has literally been begging for pizza all week.
She is not making huge attempts to communicate-and is not understanding some very simple things I say, ask REALLY looking forward to getting into a normal routine-this 14 days of "parenting" on the go is tough!!!
Rose and Kendell waiting for Elliott
He has come so far in the last week, it is amazing!!!
Harry, he is such a proud papa!!!!
The girls and Elliott posing
Yes, it really does say CLOSED MONDAY!!!
and Earl, none of us minded a bit-it was an adventure and we all just loved being together!!!
Elliott refused to eat his congee, and really wanted his mama and daddy's spicy stuff, but then he would rake his tongue with his little hand and down a glass of juice=too cute!!!
The gang's all here at Lucys for dinner-finally!
Hope all is well with you guys .
The Safari Park is amazing, I have over 225 pics-guess I will have to do a few different posts for Tuesday!!!
5 more days till homecoming!!!
The crowds at the Herbal market are crazy
The bags of stuff, if only we had a clue what they were!
Look at that, dried toads, or lizards, or something!!!
Earl and Sharee say, "Is that really a toad???" And just what do they do with those anyway???
Meandering around the pet market
Elliott and his proud parents
The "gang" hangin' out in an alley:)
Yes, that's bags of dried seahorses!!!
a herbal store-one of the nicer ones:)
Parents hangin' out at the playground!!!